Supporters of Spanish giants Barcelona have flooded to social media on Saturday, to send a crystal clear message to the powers that be at the club, regarding the future of Frenkie de Jong.
The Blaugrana, of course, kicked their campaign into gear a short time ago.
Buoyed by the registrations of all of Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski, as well as immediate starting berths for the latter trio, Xavi Hernandez and co. welcomed Rayo Vallecano to the Camp Nou.
The widespread assumption ahead of kick-off, understandably, was that Barca, in turn, would go on to seal a comfortable victory.
When all was said and done, however, this proved to be far from the case.
Instead, an altogether lacklustre display ultimately culminated in the evening’s hosts being forced to make do with a share of the spoils, courtesy of a 0-0 stalemate.
Not only that, but the Catalan heavyweights will too be without a key performer next time out, after Sergio Busquets was sent packing owing to a 2nd yellow card late on.
On the back of the action coming to a close this evening, it should therefore come as little surprise to hear of the Barcelona faithful being up in arms online.
Taking to social media in their droves, fans of the Blaugrana have taken aim at players and staff alike, with Gavi and Robert Lewandowski amongst those most heavily targeted.
On the flip side, however, one member of Xavi’s ranks who has in fact been hailed for his influence versus Rayo comes in the form of Frenkie de Jong.
Amid ongoing speculation surrounding his future, De Jong was forced to make do with a spot on the bench tonight.
After being introduced in the 2nd-half with his side in pursuit of a crucial opener, though, the Dutchman thoroughly impressed, adding some much-needed intent to Barca’s midfield.
And such efforts, evidently, did not go unrecognised on the part of the club’s supporter-base.
In turn, calls have begun to mount for De Jong to not only be placed immediately on the ‘not for sale’ list, but also to be afforded a starting berth in the middle of the park moving forward: